Monday Mojo in Sunday’s Style

I have always been both drawn to red and scared to wear it.  I used to buy red things, and literally never wear them…only to just finally give them away.  I don’t know what changed, but now I love red.  Okay.  Maybe I do know what changed.

I think I felt very conspicuous in red.  I know…this coming from the girl who literally supplies Halloween costumes from her normal every day clothes.  But I think somehow red felt like a street sign and it made me feel uncomfortable.  For so long, I was the girl who preferred to wear white over black, patterns over solids, and kimonos instead of sweatshirts.  Then I slowly stopped all that.  Over time, I got more and more self conscious and started to try to fade into the background in ways I didn’t even realize.  I started to dress for the approval of my friends instead of for me.  I started wearing all black (which I now a healthy relationship with the color!) because I had gained so much weight and I felt so ugly.  I literally would get dressed, go out with friends, and halfway through I’d catch my reflection in a mirror or a window and I’d think “what is WRONG with me?  Why am I so fat and ugly?”  These are the thoughts that plagued me as I compared myself with everyone around me.  As I saw the extra weight I had gained.  As I saw how my blonde hair just wasn’t the right blonde anymore.  As I felt more and more like everything about me was just wrong.  So wearing anything that drew attention to me was out of the question and I stopped dressing like me.  I lost interest in clothes and fashion, which actually worried me because I knew that meant there was something deeper going on.

This outfit is so a Mojo outfit for me because it’s bright, vintage, and a WHOLE LOT OF RED.  I feel like me in it.  I don’t feel ashamed of who I am or what I look like anymore.  Sure I still have my days, but they are becoming fewer and further between.  I often wish that during all that time when I was struggling so much and feeling so lost that I could show myself these photos of me and remind myself of who I am.  Give myself hope that someday I’d feel more like myself than I ever have.  Tell myself that someday I’d be fine wearing more red than a stop sign. :)


Vintage cowboy boots and vintage dress and vintage jewelry.  I fell in LOVE with this dress at the store (Curio SLO) and these boots I hunted for on Etsy and love so much.  I love the vibrant turquoise as a pop of color (because this outfit so needs more pop right?!?!) and the embroidery on the dress.  It’s bright, happy, vintage, crazy, and ME.  The REAL ME.

Happy Monday!

Monday Mojo in Mustard

You know what I love about Mondays?  Getting back into the groove of things.  Sure, I am a little sad that the weekend is over, but Monday is the start of a fresh new week.  I get to get the house clean, start cooking new meals, and get my workout going for the week.  I’m going to totally dork out now.  Warning!  I seriously look forward to my workouts because A. I love working out and B. I get to watch Teen Wolf uninterrupted.  Yep, dorking out.  Any show that has teenage drama and shapeshifting has my undivided attention.  I cannot lie.

Mondays are sometimes hard to get motivated.  But that’s why I love things that help me feel like I’m just rockin it even if I’m just dragging my rear end around from cup of coffee to cup of coffee.  Today, it’s mustard and turquoise.

I got this new Free People tank from Ambiance SLO and dang, I am LOVING IT.  Today, to be extra mojo-liscious (it’s totally a word), I put it with my Lenni the Label velvet bells and my Free to Wander squash blossom.  I love the kind of monochromatic effect it has with that nice pop of color with the accessories.


The Frye huaraches I got at New With Tags in Paso and I am in love with them.  They’re like the cutest comfiest sandals ever.  And they were a steal.

I’m digging this whole mustard on Monday thing.  It really works for me.

Happy start of your week!


100 Percent Humidity. Thank the Lord for This Dress.

It’s like 100 percent humidity right now.  No joke.  Now I’m not sure exactly what that means…like are we technically under water?  Or is it just this layer of sweat covering my ENTIRE BODY.  Basically humidity makes me stare at my closet and sweat just looking at my clothes.  Thank goodness for caftans.  I’m serious.  These things are my magic uniform of summer.

This other caftan I ordered from Prehistoric Vintage is also amazing.  It’s that vintage gauzy cotton that is actually breathable, which makes it even better than the other one for these intense humid days.  I swear this thing goes with every accessory and sandal I have in my closet and I am loving it.  I’m a total caftan convert.

I shall call this summer: “the summer of the caftan”.  As it has been said, let it be done.  And now…to turn on the air conditioner!

Happy Monday!

My Princess Dress…According to My Three Year Old.

I’ve been accused of wearing princess clothes before.  This isn’t the first time.  Years ago I went over to a friend’s house after work.  Her four year old daughter saw me in my vintage white fluffy dress and my sparkly wedges and her eyes got huge.  “You’re allowed to wear your princess clothes outside??”  She asked me with a twinge of jealousy in her voice.  I laughed and explained to her that these were my ACTUAL clothes and that when she got older, she too could wear clothes like this wherever she wanted.

I found Nidodelida through Instagram and basically all of their clothes look like they were made for a princess.  I found a dress and a jumpsuit that I just couldn’t pass up…even though they are not really summer pieces, they will be patiently waiting for me in my closet come fall.  Of course I had to try them both on though!!  I’m not waiting for cooler weather to do that!

My two kids were in their high chairs eating dinner when I walked out in the dress…this gorgeous mustard colored maxi.  My son, who just turned three, looked at me and said, “Mama!  Is that your princess dress??” Oh my goodness.  If that is not a Monday Mojo outfit, I don’t know what is.  I do feel pretty magical in this dress.  I mean, it’s from Greece.  GREECE.  Someday I will actually go to Greece, but in the meantime, I’ll settle for wearing their gorgeous princess clothes.

This fabric is so soft and so cozy.  The neckline and shoulders are sequined in a very light, day wearable sequin pattern.  I’m wearing it with Minnetonka moccasins, which totally go with the vibe of the dress.

I should point out that after I tried on the dress, I came back out in my old black tank top and shorts and my son took one look at me and said: “Those are NOT your princess clothes.”  Noted.

Hope you’re feeling like a princess today, even if you’re in your “DEFINITELY NOT princess clothes!  Hahaha…


Monday Mojo in the Heat!

Man it’s been HOT lately.  I mean, of course there are places in the world that are hotter.  But for me, past 75 degrees is just HOT.  I don’t really do all that great in the heat.  I get cranky, irritable, and sweat and sweat and sweat.  It’s not pretty.  I already run hot, so when the temperature goes up, I just get unpleasant to be around.  It’s so hard for me to find my mojo when it gets like this.  I stare at my closet and long for a cool breeze so that I can actually WEAR my clothes.  I can’t figure out what to put on that’s going to not make me feel all gross and sticky.

I’ve come to the conclusion that at times when it gets hot, more clothes are sometimes better than less…when they are the right fabrics of course.  You know, like it’s actually more comfortable to not be wearing mini shorts and have your legs sticking to your chair when you sit down??  You catch my drift!

I went into one of my favorite stores downtown SLO, H&G Boutique, because they are seriously amazing.  They carry a lot of really up and coming lines…lines that are really fresh and new.  I love how they really are unique and creative.  They even carry some lines like Pricklie Pear (made by one of the beautiful girls who works in the store!) and Inverness and Crane (also made by a girl who used to live in SLO).  This store is just awesome.  It feels original and different than your average boutique that just carries the same old lines.  The girls who work there are really intuitive when it comes to fashion and helping you find what you’re looking for.  I have been wanting these Raga LA pants for a while since I saw them a few times on Instagram and they look amazing.  I found the rest of this outfit in about two seconds flat because, well everything in the store could easily go in my closet!  And the girls helped me decide.  Plus, I love that this outfit is actually a dress and pants, so I can rewear it in a TON of different ways.


This is like SO my new favorite Monday Mojo outfit.  I guess for me, this amount of pattern and flowy fabric just makes me feel like a princess!  I love how the pants hang well but are still so lightweight so in the heat, I still feel dressy but so nice and cool.  The dress (Umgee USA) has these awesome slits in the sleeves that feel a bit 1800’s French court dressing for some reason.  But the shape of the dress is definitely 1960s and will be so fun with tall boots too.  Do you see this Pricklie Pear choker? I love this piece.  I’m not usually a choker person, but the neutral color of the leather really makes it so gorgeous and wearable to me.

I haven’t walked into a store and bought a complete outfit in a LONG time.  I honestly think that H&G is one of the few places I can actually do that really easily.  I feel like I am excited about the pieces that I find in there!

Ahhhhh hope you’re staying cool today.  Thanks to my new outfit I think I can brave the summer and maybe be a little less irritable… :)


Monday Mojo, Unicorns, and Dreamy Dresses

I was the kid who actually believed my stuffed animals had feelings.  I made sure to say goodnight to all of them and show them all the same amount of affection, lest one of them feel left out or sad.  I lived in a mobile home till I was nine years old, but I honestly believed I was going to get a horse who would live quite happily in our tiny backyard.  The park had a no dogs policy, but I was positive they’d make an exception for my full sized horse.  I had a fantastical imagination, big dreams, and determination enough to keep me believing, even when disappointing things happened and my dreams didn’t come true.

I grew up to be quite the same person that I was as a child.  There’s still a corner in my mind that believes in Santa Claus.  I held onto a lot of HUGE dreams, even past college.  Then came the three year darkness.  The time when I lost a large amount of my life.  The things that I knew in my heart were going to happen didn’t happen.  In fact, the opposite happened.  I lost things both tangibly and intangibly that shipwrecked me for a long time.  I started to hear myself saying things I never used to say…things that sounded realistic and bitter.  I’d honestly never been in a place like that where my dreams couldn’t supersede my reality and I couldn’t believe in the face of adversity and loss.

My life is not meant to be small.  I have always known that.  I don’t know what that means, but I know it to be true.  So somehow, I am believing that some of my former innocence and hopefulness will be restored and I will find that part of myself who can see beyond the reality in front of my face.  That little girl who sat in a laundromat in a mobile home park and believed for a life that was infinitely larger.  She’s still in there.  I just have to let her heal.

This dress is like a unicorn to me.  When I found it…it was like a magical moment where I thought…”is this dress for real??”  And…it was completely sold out.  However, there’s that little part of me who’s still alive deep down in there who saw that “sold out” and thought “oh heck no.  I’m getting this dress.”  Then one morning, Spell & The Gypsy Collective posted on Instagram that they had a limited run of this dress available to pre order and you had better grab it before it’s gone.  And grab it I did.  A month later, it arrived in the mail and I still honestly can’t believe it’s hanging in my closet.  I know it’s not like some magical thing really, but to me it was.  It may seem small to you, but to me it was a tiny piece of my hope coming alive again.  After all the disappointment and broken dreams, it was a tiny reversal of the brokenness.  It was like the little girl in the mobile home got the Cinderella ball gown, and a tiny piece of her dreams came true.

It’s such a Monday Mojo dress to me because when I put it on, I feel perfect.  I feel magical and beautiful and like I can believe in things that felt hopeless before.


I know I’ll never be exactly the same as I was before, and that’s a good thing in a lot of ways.  But I do want that part of me back that was endlessly and ferociously hopeful.  I want to be that girl who will champion for other people who can’t believe and really and truly believe what I’m saying in my heart.  But I first need to be my own champion.

I’m getting there.  And this dress helps.  It may seem silly, but to me, this dress tells me a new story of my life…a story that is full of hope and a future beyond my wildest dreams.  I can’t be passive, negative, or hopeless when I put it on.  It’s my superhero costume.

Happy Monday.  Hope you’re filled to the brim with excitement, passion, and hope for this week!


A Maxi Dress With Sleeves

A maxi dress with sleeves.  This is what I set out to find for my Easter dress this year.  Actually, I had seen the Spell Xanadu dress which was completely sold out everywhere, so I was trying to find something I liked just as much.  Such a thing as a maxi dress with sleeves should be pretty basic and easy to find right?  Wrong.  Now these elusive creatures are plentiful online, but I of course had waited until the week prior to Easter to realize that I needed a new dress…so online shopping was kind of out of the question, especially if I was going to order from Australia.

I went downtown to a couple of stores and I found this beauty from August The Label at H&G Boutique in SLO.  It was one of those magical dresses where when you put it on, you kind of never want to take it off.  It has the softness of pajamas with the flowy feel of a fancy gown.  Plus it’s off the shoulder, which is my favorite.

It makes me feel so pretty and thin and it totally works with a western edge, which I find is one of my favorite ways to accessorize an outfit.  It’s totally a classic Monday Mojo outfit!

I did finally get my Spell Xanadu dress…which will undoubtedly be one my my Monday Mojo outfits :).  But this Auguste dress is still one of my absolute favorites.

Happy Monday!  Hope your mojo is strong today! :)


Monday Mojo…Head to Toe Denim

Welcome to the Week of Denim!  I’ve decided to do an entire week dedicated to the fabric of the working class…just because, well, it always works!  I’ve ALWAYS had a major love for denim…whether it be jeans or shirts or dresses…it’s all good. My collection of jeans has always been one of my favorite things about my closet, and it’s one of the few things that I actually rarely buy because I love the jeans I own so much.  However, now that denim has been a mega trend for a little bit…it’s my chance to collect tops, jumpsuits, shorts…maybe even a bikini (do they make those in denim?  They so should…I want one)…because, well, I love denim.

I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect denim jumpsuit for a while, and actually not entirely sure I’d find it.  I guess as much as I love jumpsuits, most of the denim ones look an awful lot like those coveralls mechanics wear, which, let’s just face it, aren’t the MOST flattering.  Especially when you’re tall like me and not a size 0.   I came across this pair on an Etsy site, custombylevy, and I instantly knew I had found exactly what I was looking for.  The zip up front looks great on (and to be perfectly honest, buttons down the front of a jumpsuit are super unpractical!) and the pants…loooooooong and flared!  So 1970’s that I feel like I immediately transform into Farrah Fawcett when I put it on.  I chose this outfit for Monday Mojo, because much like the Novella Royale jumpsuit from last week, it’s easy and makes me feel great when I put it on.  It’s one of my new “go to” outfits and it’s comfortable too!


It’s doesn’t really need much styling…it’s throw on and go.  But with every piece that I put in the Monday Mojo category, these are pieces that look like I put a lot of thought and effort into my outfit!  I love things like that.  Like when you put a headband on your hair that hasn’t been washed in a week and everyone tells you your hair looks so good…it’s a nice little trompe l’oeil.

Happy Memorial Day!  Hope you’ve got a great holiday weekend outfit going on today…


Monday Mojo…in a Jumpsuit (of course)

So if you haven’t figured it out yet, #mondaymojo is all about those outfits that are like a given.  Those days when I don’t want to think about what I’m going to wear, or I don’t feel very awesome, or I just want to wear something that I KNOW I feel great in. We all need multiple outfits in our closet that are like our “lucky outfits”.  The ones that make us feel sexy and super cool.

I absolutely love Novella Royale.  The patterns and the cuts are so 1970s inspired with a 1960s hippie flair.  It’s like the best of both worlds.  Plus I love a good jumpsuit :).  This jumpsuit in particular just makes me feel great.  I love the fit and the nice looooong bell pants…it’s just one of those outfits that when I’m in a rush and I want to look like I’m all put together I just throw on and go.  Because the neckline is so plunging, I did put a tiny safety pin halfway up so that it doesn’t fly open while I’m moving around…which is it’s one downfall!

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Monday Mojo & My Gold Bells

I have a thing for velvet.  Yes, I do have a “thing” for a lot of “things”, I realize this…but I have this dream, and in it, everything is made of velvet.  My couches.  My curtains.  My dresses.  And my pants.  Definitely, my pants.  I’ve been on a bell bottom hunt for years now.  When I saw these Lenni The Label vintagey “I-stole-these-pants-off-Jimmi-Hendrix” bells, it was love love love love love.  Then when I snagged this Shop Camp (another of my 1970’s inspired FAVORITE shops) fur collared t shirt for a mere $10…it was like the outfit sang to me when I put it on.


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